Facebook - The New Marketplace for Wildlife?
Kanitha Krishnasamy, Programme Manager for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia
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Malaysians are turning Facebook into a wildlife marketplace, driving a roaring and often illegal trade in iconic and threatened animals, according to a new report from TRAFFIC. The “Trading Faces: A Rapid Assessment on the use of Facebook to Trade Wildlife in Peninsular Malaysia” report has revealed that the rise of social media has enabled the creation of a thriving marketplace for wild animals as pets where one previously didn’t exist, in Malaysia. We find out more from Kanitha Krishnasamy, Programme Manager for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia and a co-author of the new report.
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